RUSSIA 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi Finalist: 7 Things You Must Know
The Journey started with 32-teams, with only four teams left to battle for the world cup.
The journey that seems to have been easier for England, wasn’t same for Belgium, Croatia and France whom have faced opponents like the Argentina during the preliminary and round of 16 respectively.
Here are some facts that might be valuable to you:
An All Europeans Finals: Russia 2018 Semi finals is the fifth in the FIFA World Cup history, where all finalist are Europeans, and each of those time, it was hosted in Europe (1934,1966, 1982, 2006, 2018)
The Unusual Semi Finalists: This year’s semi finalists surprises bookmakers as no one give them the chance to reach the last four. The last time each team qualified for semi-finals in a world cup was: (Belgium 1986, England 1990, Croatia 1998, France 2006)
74th Meeting: Today’s semi-final tie between France and Belgium marks the 74th time both teams will be meeting with the red devils holding an edge with 30 victories to Les Blues 24 victories. France have had upper hands in their world cup encounters winning all two in 1938 & 1936
Record Breaking Coaches: Belgium’s Manager, Roberto Martinez (From Spain) is the second coach to lead a team not his nation to the last four of a world cup, after Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari did it with Portugal in 2006. To challenge Martinez in the first semi-final is Didier Deschamps, France national team coach to play 11th world cup match against Belgium (A New French Record)
Belgium Winning Streak and Scoring Prowess: Belgium’s Red Devils Remain the only team to have won all five matches in Russia, and the highest scoring team in the tournament (14 Goals so far).
Shootout Success: While Croatia equal Argentina’s 1990 penalty shootout record, by winning two penalty shootout in the same tournament, England break the jinx of loosing out to penalty shootout by defeating Columbia via shootouts in the round of 16
Teams on The Run: England are in their third World Cup semi-final, all the three in Europe: on home soil in 1966, Italian 90, and Russia 2018. Croatia on two runs: Five World Cup matches without defeat, nine matches and scoring in all.
- Goal Scorers: England’s Harry Kane is the tournament goal poacher with six goals, followed by Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku on four goals, France’s Kylan Mbape and Antoine Griezmann on three goals each, and Croatia Luka Modric with two goals.
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